Law enforcement officers with the Tewksbury Police Department arrested four people for their alleged involvement in distributing heroin. The four were arrested on Feb. 10 at several locations in the city.

According to reports, the arrests came on the heels of an investigation conducted by narcotics officers with the department. A 27-year-old Tewksbury man was arrested for possession with intent to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin. Arrested from the same address was a 64-year-old man for possession with intent to distribute both heroin and cocaine. A 22-year-old woman was also arrested for possession with intent to distribute heroin. The woman lived at a different residence. Finally, a 28-year-old New Hampshire man was arrested for possession of heroin.

After being arrested, all four were arraigned on Feb. 11 in Lowell District Court. There is no information regarding whether bond was set for the four or if they remain in custody pending resolution of their charges.

While drug charges in general will subject people to the potential of serious consequences, charges of possession with intent to distribute are treated especially seriously. Consequently, people accused of possessing drugs with the intent to sell them to others may face years of potential imprisonment if they are convicted. People who are accused of crimes have the constitutional right to defend against them.

Often, people benefit by seeking the help of a criminal defense attorney as soon as they are able to do so. An attorney may be able to devise a strategy best suited to defend against the allegations in a particular case. In a drug investigation, defenses may include problems with any confidential informants, issues with searches or search warrants and other matters, all of which will depend on the individual facts of a particular case. If imprisonment seems likely, an attorney may be able to negotiate an alternative plea to avoid prison.